The deadline for islanders wishing to apply for the 2023 Jersey Overseas Aid Volunteering Projects is fast approaching, with applications due by 31st January 2023.
This year, Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) is organizing three two-week trips which will see up to 36 islanders travel to Nepal, Kenya and Rwanda.
Projects for 2023 include:
- Construction of a sand dam in southeastern Kenya with Sand Dams Worldwide. June 10-June 24.
- Providing teaching skills to students and teachers with hands around the world shirt in Rwanda. July 28-August 12.
- Building a community facility with The Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey in Nepal. October November.
Jersey’s Minister for International Development, MP Carolyn Labey, said: “I am very proud of Jersey’s Volunteer Abroad programme. It says a lot about the people of Jersey that so many Islanders are willing to give their time and skills to help build schools and community centers, build water pumps in rural villages and build essential infrastructures, which allow the inhabitants of some of the poorest regions of the world to build a future.
“This year we are running three projects, and for the first time one that is aimed specifically at teachers or Islanders with teaching experience. This team of 10-12 volunteers will have a fantastic opportunity to share their skills with a school community in Rwanda.
Each volunteering abroad project is organized by JOA and is implemented on the ground by one of JOA’s partner organisations. Each group is usually made up of a dozen volunteers and is led by an experienced team leader. Volunteers participate in training and team building exercises in the months before departure.
Participants contribute £500 towards their travel costs and the JOA funds the additional travel costs. JOA also finances the equipment and supplies needed to carry out the projects. Scholarships are also available to ensure that financial circumstances are never an obstacle to allow Islanders to deploy their skills in service to others overseas.
Since 1972, JOA has facilitated groups of volunteers to work with communities in developing countries for up to four weeks. Many have led to lasting ties with
communities around the world, and several local charities have grown out of the experiences of volunteers abroad. Over the past half century, more than 1,000 volunteers have carried out more than 100 projects in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Islanders who wish to apply can do so here. Alternatively, islanders can call the JOA office on 01534 446901 or email for more information.